The charter for the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Nipissing Branch has been revoked.
“The Board of Directors for Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Division has made the difficult decision to revoke the charter of CMHA Nipissing Regional Branch, formally terminating our agreement effective six months following written notice to the branch, stated Tom Walters, Chair, Board of Directors of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division, regarding the status of CMHA Nipissing Regional Branch in a release.
Walters says the branch can continue operating, but the revocation means that the organization is not permitted to use the CMHA name, logo or brand beyond January 5, 2020.
“For more than three years, CMHA Ontario has, in good faith, engaged in a collaborative approach with the branch to encourage integration with local partners but to no avail,” stated Walters.
“The board for CMHA Ontario has taken this next step to align with changes occurring in the community mental health and addictions sector. The province has made clear its desire to see integration amongst agencies and ultimately far fewer community-based mental health and addictions providers.
“The Ontario Health Team model implemented by the province and the June report from the Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine, which led with three recommendations on integration, is evidence of government’s movement towards fewer service providers.”
Walters concluded his statement by saying CMHA Ontario will not be making further public comment on this issue at this time.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario is a not-for-profit, charitable organization funded by the provincial Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.